Today, Sony unveiled the Xperia sola, their latest Android powered handset. We’re not sure if it will ever arrive State side, but if it does, here’s what you can expect.
A 3.7-inch “reality display” (this sounds like an attempt to match Apple’s Retina display) sits front and center boasting a 854×480 pixel resolution and scratch resistant glass. Powering that, in addition to Android 2.3 (ICS coming Summer 2012), is a 1GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor. There is also a 5-megapixexl camera with support for 720p video and 2D/3D panoramas, 3D surround sound and something Sony calls Floating Touch. Floating touch is effectively finger tracking software that allows you to highlight links by just hovering (not touching) your finger over the sola’s screen (see below video). Why you’d need or want this is anyone’s guess, and Sony hasn’t revealed, at least not in the press release how it exactly works, but honestly, the idea is very moot in our heads.
But don’t get us wrong, the Xperia sola isn’t chalk full of useless add ons. The sola is NFC enabled and will ship with two NFC tags preloaded with profiles for the bedroom and the living room. Just swipe the sola past one of them when you enter each respective room and a set of options and features will be enabled. For instance, for the bedroom the alarm will be set and the phone will enter silent mode. Add a few more, one to your car, one for work and you’ll never have to hassle with your smartphone’s features again, though this could be accomplished using location based tracking with the caveat of hefty batery drain.
Sony hasn’t said when the Xperia sola will launch, where or how much, but we do know it will come in black, red or white.